Tom Dannenbaum

Assistant Professor of International Law

  • PhD, Princeton University
  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, Stanford University


Tom Dannenbaum is Assistant Professor of International Law. Prior to joining The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2017, he was Lecturer in Human Rights at University College London and Visiting Lecturer in Law and Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. Tom writes on international law, focusing primarily on the laws of war, the law on the use of force, international criminal law, shared responsibility, and international judging. He has also written on peace negotiations, terrorist strategy, reparations, and the philosophical basis for punishing atrocity crimes perpetrated via the state. Tom’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, in a range of leading journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the European Journal of International Law, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the Harvard International Law Journal, and Security Studies. His book manuscript on the crime of aggression is under contract with Cambridge University Press. His article, "Why Have We Criminalized Aggressive War?", was awarded the Lieber Prize by the American Society of International Law, and his work on accountability for peacekeeper abuses has been cited by the International Law Commission and the Hague Court of Appeals in the Netherlands.

Research Interests
  • International humanitarian law
  • International law on the use of force
  • Judging and judicial ethics
  • Just war theory
  • Peacemaking, peacekeeping, and transitional justice
  • Shared responsibility
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
Why Have We Criminalized Aggressive War?, 126 Yale L. J. 1242 (2017)
Dual Attribution in the Context of Military Operations, 12 Int’l Orgs. L. Rev. 401 (2015)
Killings at Srebrenica, Effective Control, and the Power to Prevent Unlawful Conduct, 16 Int’l & Comp. L. Q. 713 (2012)
Nationality and the International Judge: The Nationalist Presumption Governing the International Judiciary and Why it Must Be Reversed, 45 CORNELL INT’L L. J. 77 (2012)
Bombs, Ballots, and Coercion: The Madrid Bombings, Electoral Politics, and Terrorist Strategy, 20 Security Studies 303 (2011)
The International Criminal Court, Article 79, and Transitional Justice: The Case for an Independent Trust Fund for Victims, 28 WIS. INT’L L. J. 234 (2010)
Translating the Standard of Effective Control into a System of Effective Accountability, 51 HARV. INT’L L. J. 113 (2010)
• Crime Beyond Punishment, 15 U.C. DAVIS J. INT’L L. & POL’Y 189 (2009)

The Crime of Aggression, Humanity, and the Soldier (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Regulation of the International Bench, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL COURTS & TRIBUNALS (William Schabas & Shannonbrooke Murphy eds., 2017).
Public Power and Preventive Responsibility: Attributing the Wrongs of International Joint Ventures, in DISTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (André Nollkaemper & Dov Jacobs eds., 2015).
War and Peace in Rwanda, in Stopping Wars and Making Peace: Studies in International Intervention 71 (Kristen Eichensehr & W. Michael Reisman eds., Brill, 2009)



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